Writing a Great Ending – 1 & Writing Rule 10

I’m currently working on the BIG ENDING for my five book series, Chrysalis Chronology.

I wrote the first 50,000 words during National Novel Writing Month in 2014. The first 50k came easy, getting them done with more than 10 days left in the month.

Then came the time to write the climax.

How does one write a climax to a five book series?

Book 5 can be considered the climax to the series, but I also wanted to write a final conflict that was befitting the whole series. I wanted all of my main characters from all of the five books to play an important role. And I wanted my main, over-riding character to do something truly Hero-like; maybe sacrificing his life for the woman he loves, or to really fight the over-riding villain in a clever way that would make a satisfying ending.

But how to do it?

I didn’t know. So I started researching. The next few blogs, I think, are going to be summarizing some of my research.

Here’s the first thing I learned, from Brian Klems, on the Writers Digest site. He said, “The one rule of Part 4—the resolution of your story—is that no new expositional information may enter the story once it has been triggered. If something appears in the final act, it must have been foreshadowed, referenced or already in play. This includes characters.”

He said lots of other great stuff about writing the ending, so check out the whole article. But I love writing rules. As a new writer, rules are like stepping stones for me to get from the beginning to the end of a novel, with as few missteps as possible. So this is a big, helpful rule that I plan to follow.

Right now.

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